For the love of paper planning
I'd love to know how you guys do your forward-planning. Especially if you use a DPP and Monthly planner. How do you deal with stuff that won't fit on the monthly? Where do you write things that don't have a fixed date for when you will need to do them? How do you not lose things in the pages of your planner? Thanks!
When I used DPP + Monthly last year, I kept a 4x6 lined sticky note at the end of the set of daily pages. I wrote everything that popped up that needed to be on a future set of dailies on there. Then as I swapped used pages for fresh, I added them to the new pages and put an arrow over it for For things that were listed in other places (like perhaps syllabi), I went through them monthly and added dates to the fresh pages as I inserted them. Or I actually wrote on the future pages in one go, as I had them in junk binder.
Here is another way of doing it using blank paper rather than a sticky note:http://www.plannerisms.com/2014/10/back-from-iceland-and-back-to-filofax.html
I have not finished or even hit the mid mark in designing my 2016 insert on the computer. I drew my 2015 format on lined paper. I am shading some events and recurring tasks on the month diary with colored pencils. I write the description of the recurring task once next to the color but then it is not necessary afterwards. If I forget what the color signifies then I can look back at the description. In this way I can see these tasks and frequency on the month page according to the colors. A woman on the internet discussed the disadvantages of writing on a calendar as opposed to using technology. For recurring events and tasks she stated the obvious inconvenience of having to write them again and again on paper. I will have to see if my shading with pencils is efficient in this regard. For 2016 dates I will resort to technology or note paper since I am still designing my layout. For those items that do not have a fixed date I write them in pencil on the lined page at the end of the month.
I've been considering downsizing from my personal Finsbury to a pocket-size organizer (mostly for portability reasons). I wanted to keep with the Finsbury line, but noticed it has a full double wide pocket behind the cover. I read an older post regarding which Filofaxes have and don't have this pocket and saw that it is common . As I am somewhat new to Filofax, can anyone tell me if this is a more recent feature found on the pocket-size organizers? Also, for anyone who uses an organizer with this double wide pocket, do you find that it makes it too bulky? Thank you for any feedback!
Robert - yes - when the Pocket size was first introduced in 1989 they didn't have the rear full-width pocket. They didn't have any form of closure either. Originally, they had a four hole mechanism and until this year all Pocket leaves were punched so as to be compatible with both the original 4-hole and current 6-hole. The full-width pocket does make the binders chunkier but it works well if you are using your organiser as a wallet. Personally, I struggle with paper size and prefer a slim binder (I currently use a Holborn Slimline which also doubles as a wallet).
I briefly used a Panama Pocket, which had the full-width pocket on the back. Even for such slim leather, I found it bulky, and I didn't use it at all. Items were either too urgent to tuck away into invisibility, or too large and made the wide pocket get lumpy.I sold the Panama and recently purchased a NOS Pocket Bloomsbury. I wanted the secretarial flap so I could tuck tall items in as-needed, but skip the back full-width pocket. It seems a good compromise, although I sometimes miss the 19mm rings of the Panama. (The Bloomsbury has 13mm - I think most Pockets have 15mm). I believe the Pocket Astons and Finchleys also skip the back pocket. If you don't need a closure and are looking for a slimline Pocket, the Boston and Guildford slim pockets could work.
I switch between A5 and pocket, and pocket definitely wins the portability price.I have a Malden pocket with a full width back pocket. It is a bit bulky, but mostly because of the zipper inside. My Luxe and my Charleston are much slimmer, as they have no back pocket, no zipper and only 15 mm rings.
Thank you so much for your insightful and very helpful replies!
I have a pocket Panama too that I barely used as well. I ended up switching to a personal after 15 years with pocket size. Just better for me.